A 19 year old freshman for Oklahoma is being dubbed the next Stephen Curry and he is blowing away the basketball world
Through 13 games, Oklahoma point guard Trae Young is putting up unseen numbers in the NCAA and becoming the toast of college basketball.
The 19-year-old freshman point guard is leading the nation in scoring with 29 points per game and assists with 10.6 per game, while also averaging nearly 4 rebounds and 2 steals while shooting 47% from the field and 40% from three. It's working, as the Sooners are 12-1.
Stats aside, it's his explosive and brazen play that has him being compared to Stephen Curry. Young, like Curry, has infinite range and is prone to pulling up from 35 feet off the dribble, or bending a defense to his will and kicking it to teammates for easy baskets.
As The Wall Street Journal's Ben Cohen wrote, Young is the first star player to grow up under the influence of Curry, much in the way today's NBA stars were influenced by Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James. Young is not shy about the comparison.
"I would record every game," Young told Cohen of watching Curry. "I'd watch before I went to bed or the next day. I watched how he played, how the Warriors moved without the ball and how Steph got everyone involved and still created for himself. I loved watching Steph’s game."
He added: "He was changing the game, and the way I played fit perfectly."
Fans don't need to squint to see the comparisons.....
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